Which 3D Printing Technology is Right for You?
Whether you’ve just heard of 3D printing, or have been using 3D printed parts for years, choosing the right technology and material for your part is critical to your project being a success.
We can help you decide which of our state-of-the-art technologies and materials will best fit your needs.
FDM – Stratasys and MakerBot
FDM 3D Printing is the most widely used method of 3D printing in the world. It is mainly used for prototypes, tooling, and manufacturing aids, but stronger materials have made 3D printing viable for end-use parts for many companies.
What is ABS?
This very common consumer plastic is used for everything from Legos to your headphones, and most other consumer products.
What is ASA?
This material is our go-to for most parts and is a lot like ABS, but a little stronger with a nicer surface finish.
ABS: This very common consumer plastic is used for everything from Legos to your headphones.
ASA: This material is our go-to for most parts and is a lot like ABS, but a little stronger with a nicer surface finish.
- TPU 92A
Nylon: Flexible, durable, and great chemical resistance.
PolyCarbonate: Strong, rigid, and temperature resistant.
Ultem1010 and Ultem9085: Super strong, with high temperature and chemical resistance. Great for composite tooling and end-use parts.
Nylon12-CF: Ultra-rigid carbon-fiber filled Nylon is used for metal-replacement for tooling and end-use parts.
Antero800na – PEKK: Material with high strength, rigidity, chemical and temperature resistance. In addition, Antero800na has ultra-low outgassing and is Flame-Smoke Toxicity (FST) certified, making it great for optics, aerospace and other industrial applications.
- Antero 800NA
- ULTEM 1010
- ULTEM 9085
PolyJet by Stratasys
Polyjet 3D printing is great for prototypes that need the best surface finish possible with a smooth layer-less look. Models that need various colors, transparency, and rubber-like features are a great fit.
How it works
Stratasys PolyJet technology works similar to inkjet printing that you might be familiar with from the printer at your home or office. The main difference being instead of jetting drops of ink onto paper, PolyJet printers jet liquid photopolymers onto a build tray. The layer of photopolymers are UV cured and hardened into the programmed shape.
Metal Printing by Desktop Metal
Desktop Metal is ideal for complex, high-performance metal parts. This metal 3D printing system delivers the speed, quality, and cost-per-part to compete with traditional manufacturing processes.
How it works
Desktop Metal allows users to create lightweight parts through the use of closed cell infill and hollow cavities. Previously unavailable with other technologies, high-resolution nozzles allow for greater detail and improved dimensional accuracy.
4140 (Chrome Moly)